Archive for October, 2017

Unwanted Hitchhikers? How to Keep from Bringing Home Bedbugs when Traveling

You’ve been warned about bed bugs when traveling, everyone has. The first thing you automatically do when you get into your hotel room is head straight to the bed, lift the sheets, and check for bed bugs. A bed bug infestation can happen at any time and since they are hitchhikers, traveling is the perfect opportunity for them to hitch a ride back into your home.

Unwanted Hitchhikers? How to Keep from Bringing Home Bedbugs when Traveling

No matter where you stay, a five-star resort, or a low-rate motel, you can encounter bed bugs. Do you want to avoid unwanted hitchhikers? How to keep from bringing home bed bugs when traveling is easier than you think.

Inspect Your Room

How Can I Tell if I Have Bed Bugs?Your first instinct when you get to your hotel room might be to drop on that comfortable bed and rest after your long travels. Resist the urge! The first thing you need to do when getting into your hotel room is to check all the places bed bugs like to hide. First, check the bed. Look at the folds and seams of the mattress for any dark stains. Dark stains are blood or feces caused by a bed bug infestation.

In some cases, you might be able to see the bed bugs themselves. You should also check the headboard. Although bed bugs typically cling to fabric, they can also dig their claws into the headboard. Next, you need to check any chairs or sofas that are in your room. Again, look at the seams and under the cushions for dark stains. If you see pearly white, rice-shaped eggs, that is a sign of the bed bug infestation increasing.

Keep Your Items Bed Bug-Free

The best way to keep your items bed bug-free is to keep your suitcase and other bags off of the floor. It takes a lot of bed bugs or a pregnant female bed bug to get into your things in order to bring home an infestation, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Most hotel rooms come with suitcase racks and you probably don’t use them, choosing to leave your suitcase on the floor. Use the suitcase rack to keep your items elevated and bed bug-free.

If you do think you’ve brought home a few bed bugs, unpack your things and immediately put your clothes in the dryer on high for about 30 minutes. Heat kills bed bugs and the faster they are exposed to it, the faster they die and don’t infest the rest of your home. To take extra precautions, you can call Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control today at (207) 650-8654 and let us check your home for unwanted hitchhikers.

How Do I Get Rid of Bed Bugs in My Clothing?

Despite precautions you take, you may still find your home infested with bed bugs from time to time. Since bed bugs are hitchhikers, they often times enter your home by sneaking into your clothes while you’ve been traveling. When traveling and staying in hotels, the first thing you should always do is check your room for bed bugs so you don’t bring them home with you. If you, however, find yourself bringing hitchhikers home with you in your clothes, don’t worry. Getting rid of bed bugs in your clothing can be a process, but follow these steps to avoid contaminating the rest of your home:

How Do I Get Rid of Bed Bugs in My Clothing?

Effectively Kill Bed Bugs by Laundering Your Clothes

These steps can be followed if you are home from your travels or if you are still traveling and need to use a laundromat. No matter where you are, the first thing you need to do is inspect all your clothes and separate them into an infested group and a non infested group. Once you’ve done that, bag, seal tightly, and separate the two groups to prevent infecting the clean clothes. Wherever you are, leave your luggage outside entirely so you don’t bring the bed bugs inside your home or the laundromat. Bring the sealed bag of infected clothes into the laundry room and then spray your empty luggage with insecticides or bed bug sprays. Store your luggage away from sleeping areas while the treatment goes on. Now it’s time to wash your clothes:

●        Wash the infected clothes in water as hot as possible. Be sure to only do as hot as the fabric of your clothes can withstand. With really delicate clothing items, you can use a steamer to remove the bed bugs.

●        You can use normal detergent, bleach, or fabric softener as you would do with a normal load of clothes.

●        When the clothes are in the washer, tie off the bag they were in and immediately remove it from your home. You don’t want it sticking around giving the bed bugs time to infest the rest of your home.

●        Dry the washed clothes on a medium to high setting.

●        Once out of the dryer, fold and put them in a fresh plastic bag.

●        Now take precautions for bed bugs in your home before unwrapping the newly washed clothes.

Call the Professionals

Whenever you have a bed bug infestation, even if it’s just in your clothes, it’s best to call the professionals. You can follow every step very meticulously, but bed bugs can still persist. If even one bed bug clings to your washed clothes, you will have an even bigger problem once you get into your home. To be extra cautious and to make sure there is not a single bed bug left in your clothes or home, call Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control today at (207) 650-8654.